Desert Island Discs

Lauren: This week’s guest is uber-famous author of Acts of Revenge, Tom Dawn.  Tom, thank you for coming on the show. Yes delighted to meet you too, Lauren.  I’m going with a medieval theme with my picks, but mostly on the cusp of the Renaissance.  Why?  Well, hmm… it goes with my next novel which … More Desert Island Discs


We played a couple of creative games in our writers’ group over the last year, here’s the nuts and bolts of them: Game 1: Character Consequences Works best in a group.  Define a new character by the traits below.  Assuming you have a group, one person fills in one line, then passes the card on … More Consequences

The Lonely Island

We’ve seen Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra peform Fingal’s Cave and Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune  recently at separate concerts in Exeter.  Now I see they are performing them both together at an event in Bournemouth: Behold the sea! on 31 January 2018. It’s a long drive to Bournemouth, but am thinking about whether it’s worth it… Prélude … More The Lonely Island

Treasury’s War

Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare by Juan Zarate For an account of US economic warfare since 9/11 this is a useful guide. It’s pretty heavy going in places. I got to the first of two chapters on North Korea on the day when President Trump announced he was going … More Treasury’s War